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Overview

  • Ethel Sara Wolper is a cultural historian of the medieval and early modern Islamic world. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago, where she designed a program on public policy and the arts. After completing her M.A., she spent a year at the American University in Cairo studying advanced Arabic and a summer at Bosphorus University in Istanbul in an intensive Turkish program before earning a Ph.D. in Islamic Art from the University of California in Los Angeles. At UNH, Wolper teaches courses on the history of Islam and the Middle East, Sufism, Islam in America, and Islamic art. Wolper has held fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays program, the American Association of University Women, the Center for Advanced Study at the National Gallery of Art, and the Mellon Foundation at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. She has also interned and led tours for the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in Chicago. At UNH, she served as director of the UNH in London program. Wolper is the author of┬áCities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia (Penn State University Press,2003), and has published articles in Muqarnas, Mesegios, Muslim World, and Medieval Encounters. She has contributed chapters and entries to The Art Museum (Phaidon, 2010), Women in Islamic Culture, and the Readers Guide to Gay and Lesbian Studies. Wolper's current research focuses on the history of conversion in the medieval Islamic world.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 Synagogues and the Hebrew ProphetsSynagogues in the Islamic World.  31-50. 2017
    2014 Islamic Architecture and Institutions in the Late Medieval CityHistory Compass.  12:912-923. 2014
    2014 Architecture and Hagiography in the Ottoman EmpireInternational Journal of Islamic Architecture2014
    2011 Stuccoes from the Early Norman Period in Sicily: Figuration, Fabrication and IntegrationMedieval Encounters.  17:80-119. 2011
    2000 Khidr, Elwan Celebi and the conversion of sacred sanctuaries in AnatoliaThe Muslim World.  90:309-322. 2000
    Khidr and the Changing Frontiers of the Medieval WorldMedieval Encounters

    Book

    Year Title
    Cities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia
    Lessons from Mosul: Urban Memory and Intangible Heritage in Iraq and Turkey
    Lessons from Mosul: Urban Memory and Intangible Heritage in Iraq and Turkey
    Saintly Spheres and Islamic Landscapes
    Saintly Spheres and Islamic Landscapes.  Ed. Wolper, Ethel. 

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2017 Shrines of the Prophets and Jewish Communities: Ancient Synagogues and Tombs in Medieval Iraq.  31-50. 2017
    2017 Shrines of the Hebrew Prophets and the Architecture of Religious Communities in Medieval Iraq 2017
    2015 Khidr and the Politics of Translation in Mosul Mar Behnam, St George and Khidr Ilyas.  379-392. 2015
    2014 Khidr and the Politics of Translation in Mosul: Mar Behnam, St George and Khidr Ilyas.  377-392. 2014
    2013 Khidr and the Politics of Place: Creating Landscapes of Continuity 2013
    2013 Khidr and the Language of Conversion: Creating Landscapes of Discontinuity 2013
    2011 Islamic Art 2011
    Sufi Buildings and Networks of Authority in Medieval Anatolia.  Ed. Wolper, Ethel. 

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    Constructing the Parameters of Devotion in Medieval Anatolia: Reflections on the Zawiyas of Tokat
    Urban Memory and Intangible Heritage in Mosul: The Politics of Shrine Reconstruction and Religious Communities

    Teaching Activities

  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2019
  • Medieval World (The Crusades) Taught course 2019
  • Medieval World (The Crusades) Taught course 2019
  • Colloquium/ Cities in History Taught course 2018
  • Top/Islamic Cultr & Civiliztn Taught course 2018
  • Coll/Wake of ISIS Taught course 2018
  • Honors/Islam, Art, & the Past Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2017
  • Islam in the Modern Age Taught course 2017
  • Colloq/Islam Caliphate ISIS Taught course 2016
  • Medieval Islam Taught course 2016
  • Colloq/Islam&Modern Middl East Taught course 2016
  • Foreign Cultures Taught course 2016
  • Islam in the Modern Age Taught course 2015
  • Sem/World History Networks Taught course 2015
  • Foreign Cultures/Islam Taught course 2014
  • Intro to Historical Thinking Taught course 2014
  • Colloq/Sultans, Harems, Spies Taught course 2014
  • Medieval World Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. PublicRelationsAdvertAppldComm, University of Chicago
  • M.A. Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of California - Los Angeles
  • Full Name

  • Ethel Wolper